Ms. Natalie McCullough
Principal & Pre-Algebra & Algebra Teacher
Natalie is the mother of five Catholic school children and is deeply committed to the sustainability and success of Catholic schools in our diocese. She started teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes in Colusa in 2009 and served there in a variety of additional roles, including stints on their strategic development committee, school advisory commission, and marketing committee before serving as principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School from 2015-2018. Natalie holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an authorization in business. She is a graduate of CSU, Sacramento with a B.S. in strategic management, and completed her J.D. at McGeorge School of Law in 2016. Natalie is happy to return to Our Lady of Lourdes as the junior high math teacher and now principal.
Ms. Montserrat Arias
Vice Principal, 3rd & 4th Grade Teacher
I have had the privilege of being a part of Our Lady of Lourdes School since 2006. I am beginning my 14th year as the third and fourth-grade teacher and my 12th year of being vice-principal. I received my bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame de Namur University, my teaching credential and master’s degree from National University. Together with a team of dedicated and creative teachers, I am committed to providing students a classroom that fosters a sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Mrs. Susan Hodges
Preschool & Extended Director
I started at Our Lady of Lourdes in 1995 as a Preschool Teacher. I received my Certificate in Early Childhood Education at Yuba College. I became Director of the Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten & Extended Day Care in 1997. My three daughters, Kayla, Carly, and Kellie, have all graduated from our school.
Mrs. Ruby Medina
I am blessed to say that I have been working with children my entire adult life. I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in human services. I became an Early Childhood Education Teacher for 15 years for Colusa County Office of Education. I became a volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes School in 2013 and in August of 2014 I was hired as an employee. Throughout the years I have had the opportunity to teach Second and Third grade Math. I am currently the Kindergarten Teacher and help in the extended daycare in the afternoon. I enjoy working with all the students here at Our Lady of Lourdes. It is rewarding to see how each child grows academically as well as spiritually every day.
Mrs. Estela Ramirez
1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
I started at Our Lady of Lourdes School as a parent, volunteering in the classroom and driving for school field trips. I graduated from the University Of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. I also have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education which I received through Yuba College. In 2008 I started working at Our Lady of Lourdes School as a Teacher’s Aid. Previously, I had worked as a Preschool Teacher for Head Start for eight years. I enjoy working at OLL because of its loving and caring environment.
Mrs. Catherine Schoder
5th & 6th Grade Teacher
I grew up in Colusa and was a student of Our Lady of Lourdes until it was closed at the end of my seventh-grade year. I graduated from St. Isadore’s in Yuba City, and also graduated from Colusa High School. After leaving California, I moved to Alaska where I worked for the Controller’s Office of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline. I met my husband there, and all three of my children were born in Alaska. We then moved to Hawaii where we lived for 26 years. While in Hawaii, I began my teaching career by working with 1st graders. Over the years I have taught in every elementary grade, both as a substitute and as a licensed teacher. I ended up teaching most of the time in upper elementary, with many years in 5th and 6th grades. I have an Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Leeward Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu, and received my teaching credential. I moved back to Colusa so I could be closer to my elderly father and the rest of my family. I feel very blessed and honored to be back at Our Lady of Lourdes – this time on the other side of the teacher’s desk! Go Crusaders!
Mrs. Barbara Genera
I started my teaching career in 1968 after receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree through CA State University at Chico and my California teaching credential. I taught in the Public School system in Williams for a total of six years. I began teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes School when it reopened in 1978. I have taught almost all grade levels including preschool and prekindergarten during my teaching career. In 1987, I accepted the position as principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School. In the same year, I enrolled in the Educational Administrator’s program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and received my Master's Degree from St. Mary’s in 1990. I finished the final phase of the California Administrative Credential in May of 1993.
Our Lady of Lourdes School has been a part of my life for over forty years. I have dedicated myself to the school’s success both spiritually and academically. I enjoy each day interacting with the students. The student’s compassion and love for one another and for the staff have continued to inspire me each year. Our school continues to thrive because of parent participation. It is a joy each day to come to work and interact with the students, staff, and parents.